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The Appalachian State University athletic department has announced that the Mountaineers scheduled game at the University of Georgia on Saturday, November 9, will officially kick-off at 12:30 p.m. Coverage

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Commissioners Vote for ETJ Hearing, Miller Calls for Lawsuit

“I’ll go ahead and place blame.  We followed not only state statutes but we also followed their town ordinance and they refused to abide by it so I’ll place the blame on the Town of Boone.”  Watauga Commission chair Nathan Miller, angered over the Town of Boone’s rejection of Full Story

DOT Secretary Pledges Support for Chestnut Ridge in Blowing Rock

Board members and management of Appalachian Regional Healthcare met with State Transportation Secretary Anthony Tata at the Watauga Medical Center conference room yesterday morning to talk about the role of the DOT in the new Chestnut Ridge facility for Blowing Rock. Full Story

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LENOIR (WJRI) Lenoir Police are investigating a shooting that occurred yesterday. Police were called to a residence on Broadway Street yesterday morning but later found a man at Caldwell Memorial Hospital who was shot in the leg. Authorities say the injuries were not life Full Story

Alan Jackson First Headliner Performer Announced for Merlefest

MerleFest, presented by Lowe’s and slated for April 24-27, 2014, kicks off its 27th year with the announcement that country superstar Alan Jackson will be part of the festival’s Thursday schedule. Full Story

Congress Closes Federal Offices; Parkway

The Federal Government made it official early this morning—the government is essentially closed. The impasse over the budget and the Affordable Care Act—which goes into effect today in spite of the shutdown—led to the action.  And coming on the first day of October, Full Story

"Wild Fire" Burns 14 Drug Suspects

The Avery County Sheriff’s Office and Municipal Drug Task force rounded up 14 suspects beginning with early morning calls Friday morning with assistance from local police departments and the NC State Bureau of Investigation. “Operation Wild Fire” is said to be the culmination of months Full Story

LETTER: Chamber Seeks 'Business-Friendly' Climate

The Boone Area Chamber of Commerce will host a Meet the Candidates Forum on Tuesday, October 8, 2013 in the Town of Boone Council Chambers on Blowing Rock Road, beginning at 5:30 p.m. All the candidates for Mayor of Boone and Boone Town Council have been invited to participate. Full Story

Feds to Sue NC Over Voter Law

The U.S. Justice Department is filing suit today to stop North Carolina’s new voter ID law, highly criticized in the national news with Watauga County being ground zero for much of the debate.  Attorney General Eric Holder said he will announce the lawsuit at noon today, along with the three U.S. Full Story

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LENOIR (WJRI) Caldwell County Emergency Services will be testing the new flood warning system on Wilson Creek this week. The test will last for three minutes and all 5 sirens will be tested on Wednesday at Noon. The sirens were constructed between the Brown Mountain Beach

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Hunting Season Is Upon Us

Hunting is a one of the favorite pastimes in North Carolina, and it is the seasononce again for hunters to don their blaze orange and trek into the woods on these cool fall mornings. While we are heading into muzzleloader season, it is important to not forget about regulations while you are bow hunting, Full Story

Fire, Explosion Destroy Car, Damage Home

Boone Fire responded to a car fire and explosion early this morning, the fire from the car spreading into a garage of the structure.  The 5:20am call was to a home on Roby Greene Road, the caller telling Watauga 9-1-1 that the car on fire exploded just as they called, and that the fire was spreading Full Story

Mountaineers Fall to Charleston Southern

Thanks in large part to a whopping 42:04-17:56 advantage in time of possession, Charleston Southern remained unbeaten by handing Appalachian State University football a 27-24 defeat on Saturday afternoon at Kidd Brewer Stadium. Charleston Southern (5-0) converted Full Story

Sun Belt Opponents Set For 2014

Appalachian State University football will host Georgia State, Idaho, Louisiana-Monroe and South Alabama for Sun Belt Conference games in 2014, the league has officially announced. In addition to the four conference home games, Appalachian State will travel to Arkansas State, Georgia Southern, Louisiana-Lafayette and Troy  Full Story

And That's Five....

The Watauga High football team just keeps rolling along. The Pioneers exploded for 21 points in the first quarter and defeated St. Stephens 42-21 Friday night at Jack Groce Stadium in the Northwestern

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Victim Identified in Horrific US 421 Crash

The State Patrol has identified the man who died in that horrific crash late yesterday afternoon on US 421. The patrol reports that 61-year-old Ricardo Tscherpel, front passenger in the Jeep that was struck head-on, died at the scene in that 4:44pm collision. Witnesses said a Toyota Highlander Full Story

Tailgate With The Pioneers

The Watauga High football team, Watuaga High and the Student Council would like to invite you to join them for a tailgate party today in the WHS parking lot before tonight's Homecoming game against

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CONNELLY SPRINGS (WKVS) The fire that killed two children in Connelly Springs yesterday morning started in the living room of the home. Reports state that an 11-year-old boy and 6-year-old girl died in the fire. 10 people in all were in the home that was shared by two brothers.

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The Watauga High football team has marched its way to an unblemished record. The Pioneers (4-0) find themselves riding a four-game winning streak, their longest winning streak since 2006. And on Friday, the Pioneers, who have looked practically unstoppable the last two weeks, take on St. Stephens, Full Story

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